There’s an old saying that says you can learn a lot about somebody by looking at who they hang out with. Bob Vander Plaats has used that old adage as the foundation of his attacks on his GOP primary opponent Terry Branstad. Vander Plaats has attacked Branstad for the actions of his former Lt. Governor and for the healthcare vote cast by Nebraska Democratic Senator Ben Nelson, whom Branstad endorsed in 2000.
So if people’s past associations are fair game, couldn’t one of Vander Plaats’ opponents make a deal out of Eric Woolson having worked for Joe Biden? I mean what’s worse, having worked for the Vice President who is part of the most liberal administration ever, or endorsing a guy who a decade later makes a bad vote?
I’ll be really honest, I don’t like the assassination by association game. In Iowa we have people who think Mitt Romney is the anti-Christ. While he is not my favorite dude, there were a lot of good who supported his campaign like Vander Plaats campaign co-chair Jodi Tymeson. Do I think less of Jodi for supporting Romney? Of course not, but I’d bet dollars to doughnuts that had she endorsed Branstad some people would be playing the Romney card.
We need these campaigns to be about the issues. That’s what really matters. Unfortunately, the issues have been on the back burner and that is the candidates fault.
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